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As you can see above, Elton Brand of the Sixers was getting his grunge on last night. Those very nice screen shots (you can even see the loose threads!) show the results of a rather flagrant foul by Amir Johnson of the Raptors. I’m wondering if Adidas’s Revolution 30 mesh pattern had anything to do with this — like, did the mesh holes act as perforations that made the fabric tear more easily?
You can see video of the play in question here:
Just askin': CBS, NBC, Fox, and ESPN all broadcast NFL games, and there’s a common element to their game coverage: They only use female sideline reporters. The names and faces come and go, but they’re always women.
It didn’t used to be this way. I’m old enough to remember that Lynn Swann got his start at ABC as a sideline reporter, but that was when the whole concept of sideline reporting was new, so there were no established rules, no established roles. More recently, I recall Eric Dickerson and I think Marcus Allen serving as sideline reporters for Monday Night Football at some point within the past decade or so, although that didn’t last very long.
Nowadays, though, it’s all women. Why is that? Is it a good thing for women (because it provides a way for them to be part of NFL broadcasting) or a bad thing (because it essentially ghettoizes them)? While we’re at it, do sideline reporters — of any gender — really add anything to the broadcast? Would anyone give a shit if they were scrapped altogether? Discuss.
(As an aside: I don’t get the NFL Network as part of my cable package, so I don’t know if they also use female sideline reporters for their Thursday-night game coverage. Do they?)
50 Years Ago…This Weekend
Rick Pearson who is here again to bring us his look at the featured television college football matchup from 50 years ago. As always, Rick documented the game back in the day via his “kid cards.”
Two bowls were played on the weekend following the “Big” games … one on the Saturday and one on the Sunday after. Here’s Rick with Sunday’s game:
Jan. 7, 1962: The U.S. BOWL (NBC)
A rare Sunday game for college players closes out the season with a whimper. … The short-lived “U.S. Bowl” All-Star Game from Washington, D.C. … At least they provided everyone striped stirrups to wear under their crews. … The West team must have looked to be mono royal as opposed to mono navy. … Also, the blue on the George Washington helmet may well have been navy; I had NO idea what they’re unis looked like. … Pretty sure this was the last football game for Andy Guida. … Sam Tidmore was drafted by the Browns and Bills, and spent two seasons way down the Browns depth chart, his only NFL stat being three kick returns. … And so ends the “50 Years Ago This Weekend” feature for the 1961 season…also with a whimper.
by Rick Pearson
Yeah, but the burger was GREAT…
Full-size version here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Arian Foster had the Texans logo shaved into his head for yesterday’s game against the Bengals. … Speaking of the Bengals, Jonathan Fanene needs a longer shirttail. … “Had a day to kill in Hong Kong today did some shopping,” writes Ken Weimer. “Check out this upside-down nameplate I saw at a place selling counterfeit jerseys.” … One of the most enjoyable aspects of my recent “Send a SASE, I’ll send you some stickers” offer was seeing the creative ways in which various people addressed their mail to me. The best one, which arrived at Uni Watch HQ ust the other day, was this magnificent effort by reader Marty Hick (who also enclosed a sheet of his excellent uni doodles as a sticker barter). … There’s a new site documenting the Euro 2012 kits as they’re revealed. “One to keep an eye on,” says George Chilvers. … Jon Laurendeau got an excellent shot of the Tri-City Americans’ Nuclear Night jersey. Can’t wait until some Pennsylvania or upstate New York team does a Fracking Night design. … Amusing TV graphic glitch during the “Why the Fuck Is a Spanish Bank Sponsoring a Bowl Game?” Bowl (from MJ Kurs-Lasky). … Michael Orr held a soccer-themed version of a Uni Watch party in Portland on Friday night and documented what everyone was wearing. … Heather Scott caught yesterday’s Lions/Saints game at the house of a friend who’d baked these cupcakes for the occasion. … “I was having a Twitter convo with Rockies beat writer Troy Renck,” says Clay White. “He says that even though they sell the all-purple hats basically everywhere, they do not plan on wearing them this year.” Interesting, since that hat is still shown in the MLB Style Guide. … Griffin Whitmer reports that Rutgers hoops went BFBS at home last night. BFBS or not, I think that’s a pretty nice uni design. Meanwhile, since Rutgers was wearing black, UConn wore gray instead of their usual road blues … Nice work by Wayne Koehler, who found a few shots he’d taken in 1983 showing the Reds wearing white batting helmets for a spring training game. … In yesterday’s item about the helmets and other uni items used on the ESPN set, my anonymous source who’d done PR for Schutt said, “We also commissioned ESPN and CBS helmets that they would use coming in and out of commercials.” Rob Holecko quickly found photos of each one.